Agent injured in shooting throws first pitch at congressional baseball game

Workers rinse off after exiting the Hart Senate Office Building which closed for decontamination after an anthrax-laden letter was opened in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle D-S.D

Two capitol police officers were wounded in the shooting, authorities said.

Capitol Police Officer David Bailey suffered a non-gunshot injury after charging onto the field as shots rang out early Wednesday morning.

"I spoke with special agent Bailey and special agent Griner this morning".

Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine praised Griner as a hero.

"But for their heroism there's no question that there would have been much more carnage, no doubt about it, because no one else there was armed and this shooter was not only active but he was really unloading so many shots", said the congressman, still in his baseball clothes at Capitol Hill hours later. "It is clear to me based on various eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost".

Special Agent Crystal Griner and Rep. Steve Scalise remain hospitalized.

CBS News correspondent Chip Reid reports that as a member of the Republican leadership Rep. IL resident James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire from behind the fence along the third base line.




Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the scene was a "killing field" and that without Griner and Bailey, "it would have been a massacre".

"He always talked about becoming a police officer, and I remember when he first shared that he was working in Washington, D.C., and that he was a police officer he was so proud", Brooks said. After an exchange of gunfire with police, the shooter died. "After several shots, Scalise's personal security detail returned fire". "He said, 'I'm thirsty.' Obviously, you don't know how much fluid he may be losing internally".

Bailey has worked as a Capitol police officer for more than nine years, according to his LinkedIn page.

Richmond said he saw Griner and Bailey nearly weekly when they fly home to Louisiana with Scalise.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Sc., and Rep. Ron Desantis, R-Fl., were getting into Duncan's vehicle when the man asked them about the political affiliation.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) choked up while crediting Griner and Bailey for preventing the deaths of the 25 representatives on the field and the 15 staff who joined them.

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